FCC Applications

FCC Report 5/21: New Erie Allocation Dismissed

Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.

FCC Proposes Eliminating Main Studio Rule

As part of its planned revamp of all media regulations, the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the main studio rule. The rulemaking would end to requirement for every broadcast station to have a main studio in or near its city of license and the requirement that it be staffed during normal business hours and be able to originate programming. The FCC has granted many non-commercial networks such as Educational Media Foundation waivers against the main studio rule, allowing the company to operate all of its stations basically as just a box in a rack room with all programming coming from their handful of studios. In theory should the rulemaking be approved, commercial operators can now do the same, eliminating all local offices and have all of their programming coming...Read More

FCC Report 5/14

Deletions Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting's 105.1 KAWK Custer SD made news a few years ago when the station went silent due to lack of staffing. That ended up being a minor incident compared to what the FCC determined in deciding to cancel the station's license this week. After issuing a letter of inquiry to the station last fall, the agency determined the station's license expired on October 22, 2009 and deleted the allocation. KAWK had originally applied for a Silent STA in May 2002 stating it was forced to vacate its transmitter site. After being granted an STA the following year to operate with temporary facilities (to this day a new site application was never filed), the station went silent and resumed operations nine times before claiming in September 2009 that it was resuming operatio...Read More

FCC Report 5/7: Big Downgrade For Bismarck AM

AM Changes iHeartMedia Sports "Fox Sports 710" KXMR Bismarck ND currently utilizes seven towers split between two sites. It is seeking to consolidate all operations on what is currently its four tower nighttime array, but in doing so will downgrade its daytime power from 50kW to 4kW, while retaining its current 4kW night operation. The current 3 towers right off of Interstate 94 in Menoken which is home to KXMR's 50kW day and 13kW critical hours operation will be removed. [nbox type="warning" align= "center"]Visit the stations and studios of Williamsport PA on this weeks Tower Site of the Week[/nbox]

First New AM Translator Filing Window To Open This Summer

At this morning’s keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the first new filing window for new FM translators for AM stations will be this summer. The window will be for Class C & D AMs that did not acquire a translator for a station in the two 250 mile move filing windows that took place in 2016. A second window for Class A & B AMs will follow at a later date. Should multiple stations file for the same frequency in a market and not resolve the mutually exclusive conflict, they will bid against one another in an auction. Pai states that the IT work necessary to handle the new filing windows are being done now at the FCC. Also in his keynote, Pai announced plans to propose a comprehensive review of all FCC m...Read More

FCC Report 4/17: WUST Seeks Nighttime Facilities

Due to the Easter holiday, the FCC Report is going up a day late. We are also making our normal Premium content available for free this week. AM Changes New World Radio Brokered Ethnic daytime 1120 WUST Washington DC seeks to add a 50 watt night pattern while retaining its current 50kW day and 3kW critical hours patterns. Public Broadcasting of Colorado’s Public News/Talk 1490 KCFC Boulder seeks to diplex on the tower of University of Colorado’s “Radio 1190” KVCU Boulder with 290 watts day and night. Inland Northwest Broadcasting Classic Country 1350 KRLC Lewiston applies to downgrade its night power from 1kW to 158 watts while eliminating one of its two towers. KRLC will remain at 5kW daytime. Station Deletions Morgan County Industries has turned in the licenses fo...Read More

FCC Report 4/9: WIOD Seeks 50kW Upgrade

AM Changes Running on an STA to operate with 10kw day/night as opposed to its licensed 5kW facilities since 1981 to alleviate Cuban interference, iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami proposes building a new four tower array on the edge of the Everglades with a directional 50kW day and 20kW night. WIOD has broadcast from the North Bay Village island location it shares with former sister WSVN-TV since the 1940s.

FCC Report 4/2: Big Translator Moves Into Phoenix & Milwaukee

Riviera Broadcasting Hot AC "Hot 97.5/103.9" KMVA Dewey-Humboldt/KZON Gilbert AZ looks to have found a way to improve its coverage in downtown Phoenix as Rocket Radio Corporation's 97.3 K247CF Payson AZ applies to change city-of-license to Mesa while moving to the South Mountain antenna farm with 99w/465m rebroadcasting 103.9 KZON. Frank Glass McCoy's 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL seeks a Mattoon Waiver to move to the WDJT-TV tower just north of downtown Milwaukee as the Whitefish Bay School District has requested the dismissal and deletion of its Construction Permit for what would have been 103.3 WFBW-LP Whitefish Bay. W277CV would operate with 250w/255m rebroadcasting Mike Crute's recently launched Liberal Talk "NewsTalk 1510" WRRD Waukesha/Milwaukee.

FCC Report 3/26

FCC Rulings Educational Media Foundation's application for review of the grant of Razorcake/Gorsky Press' LPFM on 92.7 in Pasadena CA has been dismissed. EMF argued that the LPFM would create interference to its 92.7 KYLA Fountain Valley and it should not have been qualified for a second-adjacent interference waiver as it did not include co-channel interference in its filing. The FCC has denied WJBW Inc's petition to review a decision regrading the deletion of 104.5 W283AM Arcadia FL. WJBW sought to move W283AM to 104.7 in Jupiter FL rebroadcasting their 1000 WJBW Jupiter/West Palm Beach after purchasing it and another translator from Azure Media in November 2015. With its Silent STA set to expire on February 2, 2016 the company filed an STA to operate from a temporary facility the da...Read More

FCC Report 3/19

FCC Decisions The FCC has entered a Consent Decree with Katherine Bohn for an "illegal transfer of control" of News/Talk 1140 KVLI Lake Isabella, Country 102.5 KCNQ Kernville, and Classic Rock 104.5 KRVQ Lake Isabella CA. Bohn will pay $8,000 in a civil penalty over claims by Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa that following a deal to enter a Time Brokerage Agreement to Alta Sierra Broadcasting, the licensee failed to maintain a staff presence at the station. Charles Philome was fined $20,000 for operating a pirate station on 88.7 and 90.1 from multiple locations in Margate and Pompano Beach FL after previously being warned multiple times. Florida Community Radio's Application For Review against the grant of a new non-commercial station on 95.9 in Otter Creek FL to Citrus County Associati...Read More

FCC Report 3/12: Beasley Loses Challenge Against Tampa LPFM

Beasley Media's "Interference Complaint" against 100.1 WVVF-LP Town N' Country/Tampa FL filed in July 2015 for operating as a de-facto commercial station by running a Spanish Classic Hits format and not the "educational" programming it claimed in its application was dismissed by the FCC. The FCC struck down Beasley's argument that WVVF-LP "through a predominantly music format, has failed to advance an educational program" as "The Commission has previously accepted all-music formats as advancing an educational program". "Viva 100.1" did not get off the hook completely as it entered into a Consent Decree and $2000 fine for violating the Underwriting Announcement Rule on at least one occasion.

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